~ Valentine’s Day recipes are all about decadence, right? But that doesn’t mean they have to be totally unhealthy! A few whole grains here, a little less fat there … maybe a bit of extra fruit … and suddenly these healthy Valentine snacks and treats are both more nutritious and also a totally delicious way to say “I love you!” ~
Whether you’re looking for fun yet healthy Valentine treats for school parties, heart-shaped party food, a special snack for your own little sweeties, an indulgent (but less guilt-filled!) end to a romantic dinner, or even an idea for some healthy Valentine’s Day gifts … we’ve gotcha covered!
These easy Valentine’s Day recipes are quick and simple enough to pull off with little notice, and they’ve got enough nutritional upgrades that you can feel sooooo much better about sharing them with all the special people in your life!
Dive in, get inspired, and indulge (healthfully!) in our …
Easy, Healthy Valentine Treats and Snacks
Yep … you can still have your Valentine’s Day chocolate fix! This fudge is deeply, darkly chocolaty with just an alluring little hint of coconut flavor.
Even my dad (who is a serious fudge taste-tester) didn’t notice what was missing in our healthier version! This melt-in-your-mouth, creamy fudge has NO butter, and you don’t have to dump in loads of extra sugar or sweetened condensed milk (like with so many traditional recipes).
And you’ll need just 4 common ingredients and 5 minutes to prep!
Cut them into darling heart shapes, like this …
… Or cut simple squares, and box them up with pretty ribbons as a special, homemade Valentine’s Day gift!
What’s easier than 4-ingredient fudge? How about 3-ingredient Greek yogurt pops? Seriously – just 3 simple ingredients!
But they’re still so creamy-dreamy-yummy … perfect as Valentine snacks or even as healthy desserts!
We show you several different strategies for making these as heart-shaped mini-popsicle treats (using flexible molds) like this …
… Or cute, bite-sized treats like this …
We also explain how to make these without any molds at all, and how you can turn these Valentine’s Day treats into special, healthier indulgences for any day. (Hint … you can pretty much make these in whatever shape you want, so they’re perfect for any holiday or special occasion, or just for cooling off on a hot day!)
Another super-easy, 3-ingredient recipe idea! Ready in just minutes!
This is possibly the ultimate easy, healthy Valentine’s Day treat! So ridiculously simple (and so much healthier, too)!
A truly swoon-worthy fondue to end a romantic dinner. (Because what’s more romantic than chocolate-dipped strawberries?!?)
But (romance aside), your kiddos will love dipping apples or other fruit, and even whole-grain graham crackers – such a fun way to surprise your little ones after school!
Plus, this is also great served at room temperature, so it’s wonderful for parties, too. You don’t even have to worry about keeping it fondue-hot. Easy-peasy!
Yeah, with just one bowl, these are definitely an easy Valentine’s Day treat!
And, with whole grains and very little fat (plus our handy-dandy tip for making less sugar seem like more!) … these brownies are a much healthier treat, too! A great idea for school Valentine parties, or the perfect finishing touch for your Valentine’s Day dinner!
Oh – and, you probably won’t be surprised that we have lots of decorating ideas for you. Sure, we have some different ideas for how you can use special cutters and molds, like this …
But, looky here … no cookie cutters or molds needed! (Told ya we’d make this easy 😉 !)
Full of protein-rich Greek yogurt and lots of fresh fruit, this smoothie is a refreshing after-school treat or even a yummy dessert to finish off a family Valentine’s dinner!
Make sure to find a few pretty, heart-shaped strawberries as toppers!
While we’re talking about heart-shaped food, just check out how adorable these muffins are, all ready to pop into the oven, decorated with little strawberry hearts!
Plus, they’re (of course!) heart-healthy, too … filled with whole grains, much less fat and lots of nutrient-rich, sweet berries!
Sticking with our heart-shaped theme, check out these super-fun kabobs! A kid-friendly Valentine snack that’s also a really sweet way to turn classic PB&Js into a little lunchbox lovin’ (any ol’ day)!
You could also use this recipe idea as a heartier, nutritious snack at playgroups or school Valentine parties. The Valentine charm is all in using heart-shaped berries. And hey – those berries are packed with yummy vitamins and antioxidants, too! Total win!
No worries about school peanut restrictions, either – just sub out the peanut butter for an allergy-friendly choice like WowButter (a soy-based, nut-free product), or a nut-free sun butter (made from sunflower seeds), or even reduced-fat cream cheese.
Ok, ok … these aren’t exactly a “treat” or “snack” per se. But, they’re such a fun and easy way to kick off Valentine’s Day that we just had to throw them in here. We’ve got tips for making pancakes in hearts and lots of other fun shapes, too (think birthday numbers and Fourth of July stars). Plus, we’ve got a terrific whole-wheat pancake recipe that turns these into a truly heart-smart idea!
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! May your treats this year all be a little healthier … but every bit as satisfyingly decadent! Enjoy!